Cyclones pull away in opener
AMES (AP) — Newcomer Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 17 points, Rasir Bolton added 16 and Iowa State took over in the second half to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-63 on Sunday.
The Cyclones, in their season opener, trailed 37-34 at the break before Coleman-Lands, a graduate transfer from DePaul, sparked a second-half rally.
“Obviously energy. Just coming out with focus and shaking off the jitters of the first game,” Bolton said of Iowa State finding its rhythm. “Just knocking the rust off.”
Tyler Harris hit a 3-pointer to put Iowa State ahead for good, 39-38, in the first minute of the second half, and Coleman-Lands followed with two layups. The teams traded baskets before Harris it a 3, Bolton had two buckets, including a dunk, and Coleman-Lands a 3 for a 10-0 run that made it 58-44.
Coleman-Lands scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and Bolton was 4 for 4 as the Cyclones shot 59% in the second half, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range.
“Playing a team that had played a game already and fixing (our) mistakes,” Coleman-Lands said of Iowa State’s slow start before building momentum in the second half.
Harris, a junior transfer from Memphis, went 3 of 4 from distance after the brake and finished with 14 points with four 3s.
“They all fought,” Bolton said of the ISU newcomers who contributed. “We got down 12-2 and could’ve thrown in the towel early. We stayed together and didn’t panic and came out with the win. Staying together, listening to each other and playing hard.”
The win was the 200th for Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, the 96th with the Cyclones.
“From the first half (on), the difference in the energy and focus … just getting those jitters out and locking in. Letting our defense set the tone.
“Once we started doing that, everything else fell into place.”
Markedric Bell and Shaun Doss scored 15 points apiece for the Golden Lions (0-3) and Dequan Morris added 14. Bell and Morris both snared 10 rebounds as the visitors won the rebounding battle 36-31.
The Golden Lions shot 52% in the first half to take the lead but cooled off to 38% in the second half.